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New Jewelry Making Techniques to Grow Your Skills
New Jewelry Making Techniques to Try
Emerald Green Jewelry to Make for Spring
Lucky Emerald Green Jewelry to Make
Not Sure What Type of Chord or String to Use...
There are a huge assortment of bead stringing media available. Here is some info on just a few to consider for your jewelry making needs.
Trade Secrets Every Jewelry Designer Should Know
Have you ever thought about selling your hand-crafted jewelry to shops, boutiques, or galleries? My list of Dos and Don'ts when approaching retail outlets will help you get started.
10 Beginner Level Necklaces
10 Beginner Level Necklaces. Jewelry Making.
7 Gorgeous Pearl Projects to Make
Gorgeous Pearl Projects to Make. Jewelry Making.
Vintage Inspired Jewelry Projects to Make
DIY Vintage Inspired Jewelry. Jewelry Making.
Beaded Hair Accessories for Your Spring Wardrobe
Beaded Hair Accessories. Jewelry Making.
Bust That Yarn Stash with Crochet Jewelry...
Jewelry Projects to Crochet. Jewelry Making.
The Jewelry Maker's Guide to Using Metal and Clay
Find out what you need to get started making jewelry with metal clay.
How to Use a Jig to Make a Wire Bracelet
Start Wrapping Wire on Jig. Jewelry Making. Page 3.
Traditional Bead Knotting
Start Knotting Between Beads. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
How to Put the Right Price Tag on Your Jewelry...
Use this pricing formula to figure out how much to charge (both wholesale and retail) for your hand-crafted jewelry. Page 3.
Wondering What Type of Wire to Use for Your...
What Wire for What? - Learn about the different types of wire used for jewelry making.
Want to Be a Jewelry Designer? Here's What You...
Discover the very first step you need to take to become a jewelry designer.
8 Easy Gemstone Pendants to Make
Gemstone Pendants to Make. Jewelry Making.
How to Make Elastic Bead Bracelets
Learn to make an elastic stretchy-style beaded bracelet. Once you see how easy it is, you'll want to make yourself a whole wardrobe of these for every outfit in your closet.
Bead Knotting for Cheaters
Start Knotting Between Beads. Jewelry Making.
10 Jewelry Projects To Knit
Jewelry Projects You Can Knit. Jewelry Making.
How to Wire Wrap a Cabochon
This wire wrapping method works for wrapping a number of different sizes and shapes of cabochons, often referred as cabs.
5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
Vicki O'Dell helps narrow down the options for beginning jewelry makers in - 5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
8 Pretty in Pink DIY Jewelry Projects for Spring
8 Pretty in Pink DIY Jewelry Projects for Spring
How to Close a Crimp Bead
Crimp beads are used to finish off a beaded jewelry piece such as a necklace or bracelet. This tutorial shows how to use crimping plier to close a crimp bead.
6 Steps to Soldering Jewelry
Here is a step by step description of how to solder metals such as silver to make jewelry
8 Pairs of Earrings for Beginners
8 Beginner Level Earrings to Make
What Type of Soldering Torch?
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder.
Getting Started: Metalsmithing
Getting Started: Metalsmithing. Jewelry Making.
Spring and Easter Jewelry for the Young or...
Spring and Easter Jewelry for the Young or Young at Heart
Macrame Knot Library
I’ve created this handy Knot Library to help you find and learn the knots you need for your macrame and fiber jewelry making.
Making Charms Using Lost Wax Casting
Through a technique called lost wax casting, you can create your own metal charms and pendants.
What Is Mother of Pearl - Real Pearls or What?
Mother of pearl is an amazing material for jewelry making. Learn more about this unique item, where it came from, and the various properties that define mother of pearl.
What Is Swarovski Crystal?
Swarovski is a company famous for its crystal beads and jewelry components. Learn what makes Swarovski crystal beads and components distinguishable from other crystal beads.
Make a Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant
Even if you are a beginning glass artist, you can make this Dichroic Fused Pendant with just a small amount of supplies and little to no glass experience.
Tips for Packaging Jewelry When Selling On-Line
Creating a Jewelry Brand. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Stay in Out of the Cold and Make These Seed...
Stay in Out of the Cold and Make These Seed Bead Projects
Crimp Bead Size vs. Beading Wire Size
What size crimp bead do you use with each different size of beading wire? I get this question a lot.
Signing Your Jewelry
Sign your jewelry by using little metal tags. Here's some information and links to suppliers to help you either make or buy prefabricated tags.
Fixing Jump Ring Problems
Jump rings are very important jewelry components. This article covers not only how to make them yourself, but also how to make sure your jump rings stay attached to your jewelry.
8 Stash Busting Jewelry Projects
Stash Busting Jewelry Projects. Jewelry Making.
Oxidizing with Silver Black
Silver Black is a product used by some metal workers to oxidize their finished jewelry. It's pretty easy to use, and it has an interesting affect on your metal jewelry.
How to Get Started Making Seed Bead Jewelry
You would be amazed at how little you need to start making jewelry using tiny glass seed beads.
Easy Stone Setting
Setting stones doesn't have to be difficult. Here are a few tricks of the trade.
Melting Jewelry Making Metal
Why can't you use a soldering gun or iron rather than a torch with a flame when soldering jewelry? Here's why! Page 2.
About Metal Casting Services
So, you have an idea for a charm or pendant but need someone to make it for you? What do you do? Consider using the services of a metal casting company.
Chain-Nosed Pliers
Chain-nosed pliers are a versatile hand-tool used for a variety of jewelry techniques, from wire work to beading.
11 Easy and Clever DIY Jewelry Displays
11 Clever and Easy DIY Jewelry Displays - Easy to make and easy on the wallet. Links to full tutorials included!
Getting Started - Finding Classes
If you want to learn how to make jewelry or just learn more about techniques you use now, then read this feature to find out how to locate classes near you
Making a Bead & Wire Chain
Learn to transform a little wire and a few beads into an awesome chain using this simple jewelry fabrication technique.
Make Jewelry Now
Get started making jewelry now with this helpful hub of links to the basics of all kinds of jewelry making: bead stringing; bead weaving; wire work; metal clay; metal fabrication; metal soldering; fused and lampwork glass; and mixed media and fiber.
Jewelry Making Fuel Issues
The type of fuel you use is also an important element to consider when you select the proper type of torch to solder jewelry. Page 3.
Colorful Jewelry Projects to Brighten Up Your...
9 Super Colorful Jewelry Creations
Jump Ring Quality
What makes a quality jump ring? Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Birthstone List
List of months and related birthstones for each month - very handy for making mothers' bracelets.
Wire Wrapped Beads
This wire wrapping techniques allows you to connect beads together while also wrapping each bead with wire, creating a little wire cage for each bead.
I Want to Be a "Fine" Jewelry Designer
What is fine jewelry? What does it take to become a designer of fine jewelry? These are just a few questions I cover in this informative article.
Endless Knotted No Clasp Crystal Necklace...
Insert Corsage Pin. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
Jump Ring Techniques
You need to make sure you properly open and close your jump rings. Page 3.
What is a Cabochon or Cab?
Cabochons are a certain cut of stone that is used often in jewelry designs such as rings, pendants, bracelets, and necklaces.
Tips for Soldering Jewelry
Soldering jewelry doesn't have to be difficult, and to make sure you solder successfully, here are some tips to consider.
Bead String Tools & Equipment
Learn about the tools and special equipment you need to get started stringing beads. Page 3.
More Metal Jewelry Resources
In this article, I discuss the use of the proper type of torch for soldering jewelry, explaining metal temperatures and fuel requirements. I also offer lots of excellent resources to help beginners learn to solder. Page 4.
Metal Clay Firing Options
Depending on the type of metal clay you have, from original silver metal clay to copper metal clay, there are a number of options for firing it. This may include anything from a kiln to a simple hand-held torch.
Making Jump Rings
Learn how to make jump rings. Jewelry Making. Page 4.
Jewelry Hang Tags and Earring Card Tips
Learn how to make your own or get someone else to help you design your own hang tags and earring cards.
Bead Stringing Techniques
Learn the basics when it comes to bead stringing and master various techniques.
How to Weave a Beaded Ladder Stitch
The ladder stitch is a staple bead weaving stitch and surprisingly easy to do. This is a good stitch for beginners to tackle.
How to Use a Bead Tip
Knot the Cord. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Making Wire Wrapped Loops
Start the Loop. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Water Casting Tutorial
Heat Metal. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
To Buy a Kiln or Not to Buy a Kiln
I get a lot of email concerning kilns. This is a big decision to make for most jewelry makers. Before you buy a kiln, consider some important questions you need to ask yourself.
How to Create Home Studio for Fused Glass
If you’ve fallen in love with making glass beads or fused glass or if you’ve always wanted to try glass, then eventually you’ll need to create a place for yourself and your glass. Here are a few tips to help you create your own safe place to work with glass.
How to Cut a Hole in Glass
How to Cut a Hole in Glass. Jewelry Making.
Make Your Own Ear Hooks
With practice, a few hand tools, and a little wire, you'd be surprised at how simple it can be to make your own jewelry findings. Ear hooks are one of the most often used findings, and they are one of the simplest to make also.
11 Beautiful Beginner Level Bracelets
11 Beautiful Beginner Level Bracelets
Make a Hook and Eye Clasp from Wire
You will be amazed how simple it is to make your own hook and eye clasp using wire and a few hand tools.
What is Metal Clay?
This silver and gold clay is a great alternative for those who want to work with metal but not with a torch.
Getting Started: Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry.
Use Your Left Over Beads in These 12 DIY...
12 Jewelry Projects Using Left Over Beads - Use up left over beads to create beautiful jewelry projects.
Types of Solder
Learn about the different types of solder used for soldering metal jwelry such as gold and silver, medium and soft, and sheet and wire.
Buying Jump Rings
You Can Buy Jump Rings. Jewelry Making. Page 5.
What Is Base Metal Jewelry?
: As a jewelry maker, you may often hear the term "base metal" being used. Metals are obviously important
Making Jewelry with Resin is Easier Than You...
Resin Jewelry Projects That Will Win You Over
Tips for Selling Jewelry at Shows
Selling your jewelry at shows is a good way to earn a little income with your jewelry as well as learn about your customers.
Macrame Hemp and Toggle Clasp Bracelet
Macrame Hemp and Toggle Clasp Bracelet
How to Make Silver Bangle Bracelets
Only one solder joint is required to make these silver bangle bracelets. You'll want to make a few to wear and jingle on your wrist.
How to Cut a Stone Cabochon
Learn how gemstone cabochons, also call referred to as cabs, are formed and cut.
Create Aquamarine Jewelry for March
Aquamarine - March Birthstone Inspiration
Snap-Tite
Learn to use a Snap-Tite setting. Page 2.
October Birthday-Which Birthstone Do You Choose?
October Birthstone - Opal and Tourmaline
Locating Retail Outlets for Your Jewelry
Before you can become successful selling your hand-crafted jewelry to retail outlets such as galleries, boutiques, and shops, you need to locate them. Here are five methods I've used for finding retail outlets for my jewelry.
Types of Wire: What’s the Diff?
What's the difference between gold and gold-filled wire? What is fine silver and sterling silver wire? Learn the differences between types of jewelry making wire.
Metal Clay Hot Pot
I heard a lot of pros and cons from various metal clay artists before I finally decided to try using a metal clay hot pot myself. Here are my thoughts on if this little pot has the right stuff.
How to Use a Bead Board
Learn to use a bead board with your bead stringing and beaded jewelry designs.
Jewelry Clasps and Connectors
Learn what a split ring is and how it is used in making beaded jewelry. Page 3.
Earring Findings
Learn what an eye pin is and what it is used for in beaded jewelry making. Page 7.
Beaded Wire Bangle Bracelet
Crystal Beads. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Fine Jewelry Designing
Take the first step to becoming a fine jewelry designer. Page 2.
Spanish Style Chain
Make Jump Rings. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Beaded Ornament Cover
Use your beading skills to create this netted ornament cover from seed beads and tear drop beads.
Hunting Down a Sales Rep
This interview with the owner of Over the Moon Jewelry offers suggestions for hunting down a jewelry sales rep.
Seed Bead Earring Projects
Weave tiny glass seed beads into beautiful earrings.
Software for Serious Jewelry Designers
Jewelry designers need all the help they can get when it comes to getting organized.
Create a Wire and Bead Spider
Add First Spider Bead. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
10 DIY Rings to Make
10 DIY Rings to Make. Jewelry Making.
What Is Resin or Two-Part Epoxy?
Learn about resin also referred to sometimes as two-part epoxy and how it is used in jewelry making.
Proper and Quick Jump Ring Techniques
Learn two different ways - one the proper way and one the quick way - of using wire to make jump rings.
Down to Earth Wood and Stone Jewelry Projects
Wood and Stone Jewelry Projects. Jewelry Making.
Create Your Own Roses This Valentine's Day
Rose Themed Jewelry Round Up. Jewelry Making.
Celtic Wire Component
Celtic Wire Component. Jewelry Making.
Do the Jig
While there are a lot of good commercial wire jigs on the market these days, you can also make your own with some wood and a few nails.
Easy Mount
Learn to set a stone in an easy mount setting. Page 3.
How to Bead Around a Cabochon
Incorporating cabochons is a great way to expand on seed beaded jewelry designs, and the basic technique is not that difficult to master.
How to Use a Wire Draw Plate
Draw Plate Lubricant. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Making a Beaded Bead
This technique is amazing and a great way to learn or practice a bead weaving stitch called peyote. You literally weave tiny seed beads together to form a tube-shaped bead.
Celtic Wire Chain
This Celtic inspired chain pattern incorporates beads as well. Make it with a pair of round nosed pliers or use a jig to help make each jewelry component consistantly sized. Page 2.
Sterling Cuff Bracelet
Turn a piece of silver plate into an awesome cuff bracelet. No soldering required.
What Is Niobium?
What Is Niobium? Learn about this unique hypoallergenic metal used for jewelry making.
Seed Bead Bracelets
Use various bead weaving techniques to create some interesting seed bead bracelets.
Tips for Making Threader Earrings
Have you made any threader earrings yet, or are you thinking of making yourself a pair soon? If so, then you'll want to take a look at some of these ear thread tips compiled from the Jewelry Making forum. Some are tips from me and some are tips from forum members.
Wire Cutters
If you plan to work with wire, then wire cutters are going to be one of your most important tools. Find out what you need to know about selecting the best wire cutter for your needs.
Make Faux Beach Glass
Use your fused glass scraps up with this easy technique for making faux beach glass.
Carmi Cimicata, the Queen of Resin
Carmi Cimicata is a mixed media artist who pushed the boundaries of resin jewelry making .
Hematite - What Is Hematite?
Hematite is a very popular gemstone, but what exactly is it?
How to Fire Copper Metal Clay
Copper metal clay, or CopprClay as its brand name is spelled, must be fired in a kiln. Here are some step by step instructions to explain how.
Free Wire Chain Patterns
Use wire and links to create a variety of chain patterns to use in your jewelry designs. Many of these require no soldering.
Get Started: Macrame Jewelry
A hot fad from the 60s has become popular again today. Learn how you can get started making macrame jewelry.
Tips for Baking Polymer Clay
It can be tricky to get your polymer clay pieces baked correctly, so here are some tips for success.
Simple Loop aka Unwrapped Wire Loop
This basic wire technique is sometimes called the simple loop or the unwrapped loop technique. Whatever you call it, this method is a staple technique for wire work when you want to connect jewelry components.
Make Sandals from Chain and Crystals
Make some fun jewelry for your feet by using some gun metal chain and colorful crystal beads. You may have heard these referred to as bottomless or bare foot sandals.
Jewelry Business Tax Tips
If you have a jewelry business, then one of the chores that goes along with being a professional jewelry designer is taxes, ugh! Here are some handy tips for organizing and getting yourself ready for that dreaded tax time.
Pearl Illusion Necklace
Make an illusion-style necklace with pearl beads, beading wire, and crimp beads. Then finish it off with a hand-crafted clasp.
Bead Weaving Fringe Earrings
Ladder Stitch Bead Section. Jewelry Making. Page 2.
Beads and Findings for Bead Stringing
Bead stringing is an excellent way to get started making jewelry for the first time. This article discusses the tools, supplies, and related information you need to start making beaded jewelry. Page 4.
Make an Opal Glass Cab
Make an Opal Glass Cab. Jewelry Making.
Beading Wire Defined
Beading wire is a very popular stringing medium, but what is it exactly?

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